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Case TitleAMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL et al v. U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv02965
Date Filed2019-10-02
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffAMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL
PlaintiffTAHIRIH JUSTICE CENTER
Case DescriptionThe American Immigration Council submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning changes in the credible fear standard for seeking asylum. AIC also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. CBP granted AIC's request for expedited processing but neither DHS nor U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services addressed AIC's expedited processing request. The Tahrish Justice Center also submitted a similar request. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. USCIS provided some responsive records, but after hearing nothing further from the agencies pertaining to either request, AIC and the Tahrish Justice Center filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
DefendantUS CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
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2019-10-021COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6412907) filed by AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL, TAHIRIH JUSTICE CENTER. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H, # 9 Exhibit I, # 10 Exhibit J, # 11 Exhibit K, # 12 Exhibit L, # 13 Exhibit M, # 14 Exhibit N, # 15 Exhibit O, # 16 Exhibit P, # 17 Exhibit Q, # 18 Exhibit R, # 19 Civil Cover Sheet, # 20 Summons Attorney General, # 21 Summons Civil Process Clerk, # 22 Summons CBP, # 23 Summons DHS, # 24 Summons USCIS)(Valenzuela, Claudia) (Entered: 10/02/2019)
2019-10-022ENTERED IN ERROR.....MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Emma Winger, :Firm- American Immigration Council, :Address- 1318 Beacon Street, Suite 18. Phone No. - (617) 505-5375. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-6413640. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL, TAHIRIH JUSTICE CENTER (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Declaration of Emma Winger, # 2 Exhibit Proposed Order)(Winger, Emma) Modified on 10/7/2019 (zmc). (Entered: 10/02/2019)
2019-10-07NOTICE OF CORRECTED DOCKET ENTRY: re 2 MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Emma Winger, :Firm- American Immigration Council, :Address- 1318 Beacon Street, Suite 18. Phone No. - (617) 505-5375. Pleading was entered in error. Attorney cannot e-file their own Pro Hac motion. Counsel was instructed to refile said pleading. (zmc) (Entered: 10/07/2019)
2019-10-073ERRATA by AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL, TAHIRIH JUSTICE CENTER. (Valenzuela, Claudia) (Entered: 10/07/2019)
2019-10-08Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (zsb) (Entered: 10/08/2019)
2019-10-084SUMMONS (5) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, US CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 10/08/2019)
2019-10-085MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Emma Winger, :Firm- American Immigration Council, :Address- 1318 Beacon Street, Suite 18, Brookline, MA 02446. Phone No. - (617) 505-5375. Fee previously paid. Fee Status: No Fee Paid. by AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL, TAHIRIH JUSTICE CENTER (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Valenzuela, Claudia) (Entered: 10/08/2019)
2019-10-08MINUTE ORDER granting 5 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice: Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 83.2(d), it is hereby ORDERED that Emma Winger is admitted to represent Plaintiffs pro hac vice in this case. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on October 8, 2019. (lcrc3) (Entered: 10/08/2019)
2019-10-096NOTICE of Appearance by Emma Winger on behalf of AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL, TAHIRIH JUSTICE CENTER (Winger, Emma) (Entered: 10/09/2019)
2019-10-107LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests (Valenzuela, Claudia); Modified event and text on 10/10/2019 (ztth). (Entered: 10/10/2019)
2019-10-108LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests. (Valenzuela, Claudia) Modified event and text on 10/10/2019 (ztth). (Entered: 10/10/2019)
2019-10-299RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 10/11/2019. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 11/10/2019. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B)(Winger, Emma) (Entered: 10/29/2019)
2019-10-2910RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY served on 10/10/2019; U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION served on 10/10/2019; US CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES served on 10/22/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit C)(Winger, Emma) (Entered: 10/29/2019)
2019-10-2911RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 10/11/2019. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B)(Winger, Emma) (Entered: 10/29/2019)
2019-11-1212NOTICE of Appearance by Paul A. Mussenden on behalf of All Defendants (Mussenden, Paul) (Entered: 11/12/2019)
2019-11-1213ANSWER to Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, US CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES.(Mussenden, Paul) (Entered: 11/12/2019)
2019-11-12MINUTE ORDER directing the parties to meet, confer, and jointly submit a proposed briefing schedule by November 26, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on November 12, 2019. (lcrc3) (Entered: 11/12/2019)
2019-11-1214NOTICE of Appearance by Mary Kenney on behalf of All Plaintiffs (Kenney, Mary) (Entered: 11/12/2019)
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